October 16, 2012

Travel Tuesday Wedding Edition: Santa Monica California

   It's Tuesday and you know what that means, it's time for my travel destination of the week.  This week is a special one for me.  As most of you know I am getting married next week in Santa Monica California, so I have decided to give  Santa Monica a special shout out on my travel Tuesday this week.
   Paul and I are flying back home next Wednesday for the wedding.  We are staying at the Casa Del Mar, our wedding will be held at the Jonathan Club, and the rehearsal dinner is at Gladstones.  Somebody pinch me I must be dreaming.  I am seriously the luckiest woman in the world and I will never be able to thank everyone involved in making this event enough for there support and generosity.  Ok back to the blog!

SANTA MONICA PIER  Phot Credit: Flickr

THIRD STREET PROMENADE Photo Credit: Bing.com

photo Credit: Bing.com


photo Credit: Legends of America
    Santa Monica is a beachfront city in Western Los Angeles County, situated on Santa Monica Bay.  It is surrounded on 3 sides by the city of Los Angeles.  Pacific Palisades is on the Northwest, Brentwood on the North, West Los Angeles on the Northeast, Mar Vista on the East, and Venice on the Southeast. 
In 1542 Juan Rodriquez Cabrillo dropped anchor in Santa Monica but it wasn't until 1769 that a Franciscan monk by the name of Father Juan Crespi named the city. Father Crespi was part of Gaspar de Portola's expedition party and he named the city after Saint Monica. Many years later in 1872 Cornol Robert S. Baker purchased Santa Monica for $54,000, two years later Nevada Senator John Percival Jones acquired the 8.3 square miles plot of land for $162,000.In 1887 The city became Incorporated.  The Santa Monica Pier opened in 1909 followed by The Mayfair Theater two years later.   Santa Monica continued to grow and the cities population reached 37,000 by 1920. In 1934 the infamous muscle beach opened, 24 years later the city became home to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium which hosted the Oscars from 1964 to 1968.  In 1989 the Third Street Promenade opened bringing about 7000  visitors to the city on a daily basis.  In 2009 the Santa Monica Pier celebrated it's centennial. Last but not least and in my opinion, one of the most important events that will ever take place in Santa Monica, on October 27, 2012 Paul Kaiser is going to marry Allison Hendricks at the Jonathan Beach Club.

JONATHAN BEACH CLUB
photo credit: bing.com

JONATHAN BEACH CLUB
photo credit: bing.com

JONATHAN BEACH CLUB
photo credit: bing.com
   The Jonathan Beach Club is located on the sand overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The setting is in a keystone of a vista spanning from Malibu to Palos Verdes. The Jonathan club is a private membership only club that features a clubhouse, dining facilities, private beach access, pool and tennis courts, among other amenities. 
GLADSTONES
photo credit: bing.com

GLADSTONES
photo credit: Facebook.com/gladstones

GLADSTONES
photo credit: bing.com

  Gladstones is located right outside the city limits of Santa Monica, in Malibu California.  The restaurant is situated where Sunset Blvd meets Pacific Coast Highway.  Gladstones opened in 1972 by Robert J. Morris.  Moriss sold it to WR Grace in 1984 and Grace turned around and sold it to Richard Riorden in the early 90's.  Richard Riorden, former Mayer of Los Angeles has owned it ever since.

CASA DEL MAR
photo credit: hotelcasadelmar.com

CASA DEL MAR POOL
photo credit: hotelcasadelmar.com

CASA DEL MAR LOBBY
photo credit: hotelcasadelmar.com

CASA DEL MAR ROOM
photo credit: hotelcasadelmar.com

Casa Del Mar (Hotel by the Sea) is considered one of the leading beachfront hotels in the world.  Built in 1926 or 2$ million the hotel contains 129 guest rooms and suites, three 2 story penthouses, and panoramic room views spanning from Palos Verdes to Malibu.  During the roaring 20's this hotel dominated the opulent beach club social scene.  In 1999 the Italian Renaissance revival structure was restored to its original state. 
Thanks for reading and sharing in my joy I promise to have a wedding blog post in a few weeks with pictures of everything. Happy Tuesday everyone!


Sources:
http://www.wikipedia.org/
http://www.santamonica.com/
http://santa-monica.org/
http://www.hotelcasadelmar.com/
http://www.sbe.com/gladstones


No comments:

Post a Comment

Let me know what's up??

Translate